How many of you love to play Media files just like in a Media Center just like Windows 7 ultimate Edition or Windows XP Media Center Edition? Instead of buying or upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, you can give XBMC Media center as full alternative for FREE as a full Media Center Application solution.
XBMC is an award winning media center application for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and XBox. The ultimate hub for all your media, XBMC is easy to use, looks slick, and has a large helpful community.
XBMC supports viewing and playing a vast library of audio, video and image formats. XBMC has a sophisticated library management system that allows you to organize all your media to give you quick and immediate access.
XBMC provides a user friendly interface that’s intuitive, very flexible, and easy to use. The interface is completely customizable through user-created or downloadable skins.
Plug-ins and Extensibility
XBMC has a built-in Python interpreter that allows users and developers to write their own scripts and plugins that run inside XBMC using it’s own widgets and controls. It also has a built-in web server that allows it to be controlled remotely.
XBMC’s audio player supports many visualisations including ProjectM and Goom. In addition, it allows easy development of visualisations using a simple API
The Installation file was ~38 MB and installation went fine just as any other normal windows application. The GUI interface is quite good and you can get glued to it easily as its quite attractive in terms of graphics.
Inside , you will find options for almost anything that you are playing whether its music, Video, DVD etc or Pictures. You can change them to fit your needs. If you are not sure what to do, just let the defaults and you will be fine.
XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available.
Use your media as-is: XBMC can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives.
XBMC media center application also gives you option to switch between different skins letting you change the look and feel of your system instantly. It also includes a Weather info tab which provides you instant updates about weather of your city.
The GUI was working smoothly even with my old Desktop with just 1 MB of RAM. You can add all the media files into XBMC and after you do that, hopefully you wont go back to a media player to listen to music or watch Videos or Movies.
This application is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. It is open source application and free for personal use.